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Holly Rocks, 2021-2023

It was a difficult conversation way back in the early days of her Alzheimers, but when she calmed down she said she wanted her ashes spread everywhere. I knew what she meant. We came up with a list which featured lots of rugged places and dramatic waterfalls. Some locations I am not capable of getting to anymore and I decided I had to get after it. But there is a timing issue. Her mind is completely gone but her body refuses to give up. So what should I do? Well, I came up with the idea to paint up kindness rocks that show a web address of photos profiling her life, and then place those rocks in place of ashes. What follows is location information for what has been placed starting in 2021. Enjoy the photos and maybe get out and visit some of those sites yourself.

IPSUT FALLS, MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

Rock placed nearby, 6/2021 at N 46.97064, W 121.83175, 2,723 feet
Ipsut Falls

Photo taken in 1992 up river from Ipsut Creek at the source of Carbon River. Of course the glacier has receded a great deal since then.
Carbon River Glacier

NACHES LOOP TRAIL, MOUNT RAINIER

Rock placed 7/2021 and replaced during the 7/2023 memorial hike at N 46.86303, W 121.49579, 5,905 feet
Naches Loop Trail


June skiing on the same trail sometime in the 90's.
Naches Loop Trail

ECOLA STATE PARK, OREGON

Rock placed 8/2021 at the base of this large tree on the cliff edge at N 45.94261, W 121.98498, 823 feet
Ecola tree

Looking south towards Cannon Beach
view from Ecola

Neahkanie Mountain, Oregon

Rock placed 8/2021 at N 45.94261, W 121.98498, 823 feet
Neahkanie Mountain

It was a four generation trek up the mountain to spread mom's ashes and place a Holly rock
Neahkanie Mountain

Holly taking in the view in 1984
Neahkanie Mountain

High Lake, Strawberry Mtn. Wilderness, Oregon

Rock placed 9/2021 at N 44.27986, W 118.68536, 7,300 feet in an off-trail meadow below the lake. The mound in the background is an artesian spring that I discovered sometime in the 80's while elk hunting.
High Lake meadow

High Lake
High Lake

Steens Mountain, Oregon

Rock placed in a side canyon to Kiger Gorge on Steens Mountain, 9/2021 at N 42.71030, W 118.57682, 8,823 feet.
Steens Mountain

Kiger Gorge on Steens Mountain
Kiger Gorge

Alvord Dry Lake Bed Desert

Rock placed 9/2021 at N 42.52298, W 118.47358, 3,996 feet on a hot and smokey day.
Alvord Desert

Alvord Playa
Alvord Desert

Holly on the playa shortly after sunrise, 6/2000
Alvord Desert

Tri Basin Divide, Wyoming

Rock placed in an aspen grove uphill from the Tri Basin sign, 9/2021 at N 42.52543, W 110.68907, 8,610 feet
Tri Basin Divide

Tri Basin Divide
Tri Basin Divide

Shell Canyon, Wyoming

Rock placed downriver from Shell Falls, 9/2021 at N 44.58871, W 107.65407, 5,589 feet
Shell Canyon

Shell Falls
Shell Canyon

Copman's Tomb downriver from the falls
Copman's Tomb'

The opposite side of Shell Canyon
Shell Canyon'

TOP

Crystal Mountain

The rock was placed 9/9/22 at 49.93510, -121.50108 at 6,766 feet. Pointing one’s camera downhill flattens out the perspective a great deal. This slope was so steep that nudging rocks just a little sent them bounding down the hill. This was the most treacherous rock location so far and I’m confident no one will happen across it by chance. The haze is forest fire smoke.
Crystal Mountain

Slate Peak

Rock placed 9/15/22 at 48.73720, -120.67822, 6781 feet. This is on the trail to Slate Peak above Harts Pass, Washington. Unfortunately the weather was stormy so I ducked over the ridge to get out of the wind in order to take a photo. I waited for a break in the clouds to take the shot. The top is nine hundred feet higher but there was no way I was walking up the steep sided hogback on loose rock with the disorienting fog ripping by. I didn’t leave the rock out in the open but moved it into a tight clump of bonsai conifers.
Slate Peak

I revisited this rock in 2023 in much better weather. This view is looking from the rock back towards Slate Peak.
slatepeak2

Sunrise in 2023 from Slate Peak
slate-SR3

Thirtymile Meadows

The rock was placed 9/16/22 at 48.78768, -119.95203O, at 6151 feet. On a very long dirt road shortcut from Winthrop to Loomis I found this oddly placed boulder well away from the road in Thirtymile Meadow (Okanogan Highlands). I have no explanation why there is only this one boulder but it is in a very nice location. It has been nicely fractured right down the middle. Notice the miniature spruce tree growing out of a crack.
Thirtymile Meadows

Silverbell Mine

The rock was placed 9/17/22 at 48.76098, -118.83903, at 5013 feet. It is located at the dormant but scenic Silverbell Mine where the tailing are encrusted with small crytals. It’s a hard place to get to.
Silverbell Mine

Early Winters Creek

The rock was placed 9/18/22 at 48.51391, -120.64229, at 5174 feet. The rock is located at Early Winters creek (Washington Pass). In the background is Liberty Bell.
Early Winters Creek

Washinton Pass Overlook

Rock placed 9/15/23 at 48.52637, -120.64959, 5,517 feet
Washington Pass

Goat Peak

Rock Placed 9/19/23 at 48.63213, -120.40408, at 7001 feet
Goat Peak

Seep Lakes

Rock placed near Lower Goose Lake in Drumheller Channels 9/20/23 at 46.92255, -119.29723, at 920 feet. I couldn't find the specific columnar basalt formation I was after so this is a placeholder until I can get back next year. As a further insult, I fell off some rimrock here and broke two ribs, so my trip was done.
Drumheller Channels

Drumheller Channels